AN INSIDE LOOK AT NEXT- GEN TECHNOLOGIES
They are America’s heroes. The men and women of our military provide 24/7 protection so we can live in freedom. To do this, they employ the best tactics, cutting-edge technology, and ridiculous skill and talent. In this new column, you’re going to get a glimpse into their world. Welcome to Warfighters.
In this day and age, who would have figured that a net could be part of our arsenal? Well, think again. A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Kilo Company utilizes a weapon that has the capabilities to shoot down drones with a net during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX18) at Camp Pendleton.
No Driver Needed
A Tethered Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (MUTT-T-UAV) is put to the test at ANTX-18. The U.S. Marines who handled this assignment are with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
The Weapon That Will Change Warfare
The value of cover for the enemy will be completely neutralized as Overwatch Defense and Ascent Aerosystems have introduced a simple, yet effective payload-delivering drone that features pinpoint precision. The weapon is called the Pholos, a handheld, man-portable drone bomb that can neutralize any sniper or hidden target, while more importantly removing the need for our soldiers to expose themselves from behind cover. Utilizing a remote-control unit, soldiers can launch these drone bombs, which have thermal imaging capability, right from their backpacks. The 22-inch long drone weighs 5 pounds and has a range of 25 kilometers. Once the coaxial UAV is above its objective and the target is positioned in the thermal reticle of the soldiers’ display unit, the bomb is dropped onto the target utilizing gravity. It delivers a deadly payload of explosives, but avoids the type of collateral damage that other weapons may cause, said officials. The Pholos will provide soldiers with an estimated 500% increase in hit probability. Former Commander, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), BG(R) Sean Mullholland said, “The Pholos system finally delivers an intelligent solution to target and destroy the enemy. This system is surgical and reduces collateral damage significantly. It will be a game changer on the battlefield.”
Not Quite a Video Game
These joysticks mean business. This U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Kilo Company tests the weapon attached to the Light Tactical All-terrain Vehicle (LTATV) through remote control. TW